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Orangutan

The orangutans (also spelled orang-utan, orangutang, or orang-utang) are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Classified in the genus Pongo, orangutans were considered to be one species. Since 1996, they have been divided into two species: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). In addition, the Bornean species is divided into three subspecies.

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A 5 year old Sumatran orangutan named Teliti escaped her enclosure for a stroll among visitors at a zoo in Perth, Australia. What a very adventurous and curious youngster! More info here: www.iflscience.com

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"Baby orangutan Rieke, who made her first public appearance today, has captured the hearts of everyone around her. The adorable 3-week-old is being cared for by zookeepers at the Berlin Zoo in Germany, after her mother Djasinga, rejected her at birth."

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Orangutan's acting surprisingly human. I'm amazed when he wrings out the towel.

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